You can smoke ’em your way (or not) in NFS Unbound

If there’s one thing that has kept NFS fans busy lately, it has to be Criterion’s artistic approach to Unbound. The decision to go with graffiti-styled VFX has been met with scrutiny, with some even flat-out calling it utter garbage. To counter that criticism, EA embarks on a charm offensive by showing that it’s you that gets to decide which graffiti stuff gets displayed, should you choose to turn it on in the first place.

Because believe it or not, the entire VFX thing is highly customizable. With customization being a thing in the NFS scene, Unbound goes beyond body kits and paint jobs by making the special effects customizable. It’s going to be up to you what kind of smoke your screeching tires produce. If you want your ride to spark a certain way, make it so. If you want to get noticed, it’s on you to get creative with it. At least, that’s what EA says on Twitter.

Then again, you might not be a huge fan of all the theatrics. There’s a chance that you’re more of a ‘clean look’ kind of racer. No graffiti, and no flashy visual effects. And that’s perfectly okay, says EA. Just because you’re not into the graffiti thing doesn’t mean that NFS Unbound is wasted on you. Because if clean and simple is what you crave, Unbound can provide that experience, too. It’s only a matter of switching the effects off altogether.

So there you go. When it comes to creating your preferred style, there’s no limit to what you can do. The options are Unbound, so to speak.

NFS Unbound will be ready to smoke the competition on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, starting December 2, 2022.